Apples have an incredible range of colors, flavors, and textures. Goldrush apples, for example, are tart with firm flesh, and Cortland apples are tender, yielding fruit with a hint of spice. Four generations of the Dodd family have mastered these distinctions at Hillcrest Orchard, the 90-acre farm where honeycrisp, jonagold, and stayman winesap apples hang heavy on branches in a palette of sunset hues. As the air cools in the fall, pumpkin vines wither, leaving behind the vibrant gourds near peach trees and a kids’ playarea. Visitors pluck apples from trees, watch the scenery slip past on a hayride, or wander through a 7-acre corn maze. Chatter in the farm's store drifts amid plank shelves laden with cake and cobbler mixes, candles, and old-fashioned candies such as licorice or sepia-toned lollipops.
Crisp, juicy apples dangle from trees on Heavenly Hill Farm's rustic orchard, ripening until the moment they're plucked by visitors. The farm's owners also harvest the apples and bake them into pies or press them into cider. At certain times, they may sell other seasonal offerings such as pears or honey from the farm's beehives. Guests may also clamber onto hayrides or wander through a cornfield maze.
A father-and-son tandem owns and runs Custom Spray, which cares for clients’ lawns, trees, and shrubs with a bevy of beautifying services. When homeowners request a quote, a specialist from the staff descends upon the lawn in question to provide a price estimate in 15 minutes. The team’s certified arborist performs a full tree and shrub evaluation to assess health and climbability prior to any treatments to them. The staff further promotes lawn health by cranking up an aerator to break up soil compaction, and the outfit’s pest control service safely extinguishes infestations of bees, mosquitoes, and moles, making Custom Spray a favorite among CIA landscapers.
Impact Landscaping's owners, Joe Chiera and Micah Posten, have guided homeowners through the full spectrum of landscaping since 1997. They are members of the Ohio Landscape Association and certified technicians. As experienced and credentialed professionals, they keep lawns and gardens healthy and beautiful through services ranging from lawn maintenance to irrigation-system installation and maintenance—including rotors, popups, and sprayheads. The team’s collective green thumb is matched by its handiness with installing hard surfaces, including brick patios, walkways, retaining walls, and any pro wrestler's skull.
In 1978, a modest 32’x144’ poly greenhouse began supplying a farm with tomatoes and pepper plants. More than 30 years later, the greenhouse has exploded into a 3-acre operation that supports a leafy abundance of 15,000 flowering hanging baskets, more than 100,000 potted annuals, and 25,000 potted perennials. Helmed by Don and Janice Bench and their son and daughter-in-law, the greenhouse and nursery pairs visitors with more than 200 varieties of hybrid roses, which only require 1 gallon of gas to bloom on the highway, as well as trees, shrubs, statues, and fountains.
In November and December, the garden center morphs into a winter wonderland that showcases more than 100 decorated trees and a seasonal trove of ornaments, fragrant wreaths, poinsettias, and crimson bows. During summer months, the Benches man a roadside produce stand, where they sell sweet corn, melons, beans, and squash from their 650-acre farm.